- Created on 15 November 2007
- Written by Archana Doshi
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I home chef and the owner of Archana's Kitchen (www.archanaskitchen.com) that has over 400,000 followers on Google Plus. I have been featured in CNBC, Google Women Entreprenuer on the Web, Google Chrome TV Ad, as a Guest Chef in Zee Khana Khazana and many more media publications. Read more here http://www.archanaskitchen.com/media-coverage
Being a chef I wear the hat of an author, food consultant, food photographer and an online culinary trainer. All this I do sitting at home, in front of my computer, using technology and social media to connect with people, customers and clients.
I believe that learning in any form today and into the future will be through the resources available online. With the help of YouTube Videos and Google Hangout Classes I connect with people, cafes, restaurants, who want to learn and create healthy vegetarian food right from their own kitchen. Cities and towns don't any more act as boundaries for me to spread this knowledge about cooking healthy.
The website has made me into a full time working mother. I work from home, connected to the web and on my fingers all the time. I cook, I type, I photograph, I produce videos, I design menus and I share this knowledge with not just my website fans but for many aspiring cafes and brands.
With my vast culinary expertise in the various regional cuisines of India and eclectic cuisines around the world I have bagged a few projects in menu creation and re-engineering, that will follow with video training sessions.
My Story and how Archana’s Kitchen was born
Spending most of my growing up years in Coimbatore offered little exposure to cuisines around the world. But for a family who loves to eat and cook, including my father who would cook up fabulous Sunday lunches once in a while planted the seed of good food and healthy eating habits in me.
My mother was especially fond of cooking and experimenting with a variety of cuisines from around the world. She collected a zillion recipe clippings and never failed to try them all. She would cook with so much love to a food addicted family like ours while ensuring they were packed with nutrition. My mother did not stop there. Me and my brother had compulsory days of cooking and working in the kitchen.
With a formal training from my mother which involved years of compulsory cooking and learning healthy cooking and eating habits has made me what I am today. My baking days started when I was nine years old and then it moved on to chopping vegetables and then cooking basic food.
Life moved on and eventually I moved on to many cities and countries. My repertoire on variety of cuisines, cooking skills and smell for secret ingredients grew and it continues to grow even now. Work life stopped and motherhood began, which started giving me time to idle away.
This idle time gave me a brilliant idea to start writing a recipe book. As these thoughts were evolving, Blog Cooking had started taking over books and recipes were all over the Internet, which is when I decided to join the world of bloggers.
Ever since I started the website, Archana’s Kitchen, I have been trying to perfect my recipes every time I cook. My kitchen became a “test kitchen” and this began showing in my recipes as well. Each time I cooked, I wrote, and again when I cooked I re-wrote the recipe. So every single time I cooked, I would make a change of ingredient to the recipe and viola another recipe came out of it!